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Staff Contacts 

Chief Executive Officer - Position vacant 

Gerard Campbell was the previous Chief Executive of Colleges NI from July 2011. Gerry left the organization in September 2017 to take up a new post and the post is currently in recruitment phase. 

The CEO is supported in the role by:
  • Anne Coleman (Office Manager)  - anne.coleman@collegesni.ac.uk / 02890 684950

Policy and Public Affairs

The Policy & Public Affairs Manager (Karen Lennon) is responsible for organising sector wide events, writing sector wide press articles, responding to relevant public consultations and lobbying Government.  the policy work covers topical issues such as the review of apprenticeships, HE in FE, 14 to 19 agenda and qualifications reform. For an overview of all the policy and PR work see the following web page: Policy updates.

 For more information contact:
  • Karen Lennon (Policy & Public Affairs Manager)  - karen.lennon@collegesni.ac.uk / 02890 684952
  • Aisling Twomey (Policy & Public Assistant) - aisling.twomey@collegesni.ac.uk / 02890 684956

FE / HE Connected Project

The aim of Connected is to develop interaction and stimulate innovation to benefit Northern Ireland companies and Northern Ireland’s economy.  Funded by the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) Connected is a clear sign that the further and higher education sectors in Northern Ireland are ready and willing to offer their vast pool of expertise, knowledge, research capability and world-class facilities to businesses and the community at large. Connected aims to encourage, ease and increase potential knowledge exchange links between academia and industry, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Universities and colleges have so much to offer the business world that it is hard to know where to begin. Working in collaboration with universities/colleges can bring real and measurable benefits to your bottom line. The goal of Connected is to foster closer partnerships between our region’s businesses, both large and small, and the university/college departments. More information is available on the Connected website www.connected.ni.org.  Or alternatively contact the Connected staff at CNI -
  • Lynn Connaughton (Business Development Manager) lynn.connaughton@collegesni.ac.uk  / 02890 684955
  • Catherine McCoey (Project Officer)   catherine.mccoey@collegesni.ac.uk  (currently on maternity leave)
  • Sharon George (Project Officer) sharon.george@collegesni.ac.uk 

Press contacts 

Karen Lennon, Policy & Public Affairs Manager, Colleges NI, Mobile: 07850 927526 / Email: karen.lennon@collegesni.ac.uk

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